Whats New Category: Award Winning

Escape into these awesome books over Spring Break!

It’s Spring Break, and I know that my first instinct is to find somewhere far away to escape and forget my life for a few days. Sometimes that’s not possible, and even if it is, I want to have options! Here are a few great books that will take you somewhere you’ve probably never been.

 

Venture to sunny Southern California in Pasadena by Sherri Smith. Jude is convinced that it wasn’t an accident that led to her best friend floating dead in a swimming pool. Now everyone’s a suspect, and Jude is making so many waves that she might drown.

 

 

Or get away to 16th Century England, but better. In My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows, history gets a little help by mixing in shape-shifters with its romance, palace intrigue, and assassination attempts. This alternate history is as hilarious as it is exciting.

 

 

You could also escape the hustle and bustle in small town Henrietta, Virginia in The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater. You can enjoy its picturesque hills, peaceful countryside, and quaint private school, Aglionby Academy. There’s also a house full of psychics, an ancient buried king, prophesies of kisses and death, murderous teachers, and a magical forest with trees that speak Latin. Maybe not as tranquil as it first seems…

(Note: This is one of the best audiobooks. If you’re an audiobook skeptic, this will probably convert you.)

 

Of course, staying firmly planted in the every-day is always an option. In If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo, Amanda Hardy only wants to fit in at her new school, but she is keeping a pretty big secret. When she falls for Grant, guarded Amanda finds herself yearning to share with him everything about herself, including her previous life as Andrew.

 

 

 

And if even staying in the present is too dull for you, take a trip back tothe ’80s in the graphic novel Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan. Four 12-year-old girls, earning extra cash at early-morning newspaper delivery, end up embroiled in the middle of an inter-dimensional war. Futuristic weapons and unintelligible languages and dinosaurs all mash together in this exciting and original comic that will help get you through between seasons of Stranger Things.

Youth Media Awards–Teen Titles

The Youth Media Awards were announced this morning! The awards are presented by the American Library Association and they highlight all the best things that happened in 2015 in Children’s and Young Adult literature.  Read below for the highlights of the Teen related awards!

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Michael L. Printz Award, for excellence in literature written for young adults

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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby, is the 2016 Printz Award winner.

Two Printz Honor Books were also named:

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Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Pérez

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick

William C. Morris Award, for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli is the 2016 Morris Award winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Because You’ll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas

Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilbert

The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

The Weight of Feathers by Anna-Marie McLemore

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

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Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin, is the 2016 Excellence winner.

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle

First Flight Around the World: The Adventures of the American Fliers Who Won the Race by Tim Grove

Symphony for the City of the Dead: Dmitri Shostakovich and the Siege of Leningrad by M.T. Anderson

This Strange Wilderness: The Life and Art of John James Audubon by Nancy Plain

Margaret A. Edwards Award, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults

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David Levithan is the 2016 Edwards Award winner. His books include: The Realm of Possibility; Boy Meets Boy; Love is the Higher Law; How They Met, and Other Stories; Wide Awake; and Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

Alex Awards, for the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences

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All Involved by Ryan Gattis

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits by David Wong

Girl at War by Sara Nović

Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Sacred Heart by Liz Suburbia

Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Dan-el Padilla Peralta

The Unraveling of Mercy Louis by Keija Parssinen

Schneider Family Book Award, for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience

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The teen (ages 13-18) award winner is The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten

Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award

 

Three King Author Honor Books were selected and all three were teen titles:

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Pura Belpré (Author) Award

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Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir by Margarita Engle, is the Belpré Author Award winner

Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award, for most distinguished informational book for children

Two teen titles were named Sibert Honor Books:

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Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans written and illustrated by Don Brown

The Boys Who Challenged Hitler: Knud Pedersen and the Churchill Club by Phillip Hoose

Stonewall Book Award – Mike Morgan & Larry Romans Children’s & Young Adult Literature Award given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience

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A teen novel was selected as an honor book: Wonders of the Invisible World by Christopher Barzak

YALSA Announces Teens' Top Ten Nominees!

Check out the video below to see the nominees and then click on a title to find it in our collection.  The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Teens will vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week for their favorites and the winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week.

Award Winning Teen Books!

Yesterday morning the Youth Media Awards were held at the American Library’s Association’s Midwinter Conference.  These awards are held annually and recognize some of the best books written for the year for kids and teens.  Check out the recording of the awards ceremony and then take a look at the winning Teen books below!

The Michael L. Printz Award

Given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Winner:

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I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

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And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer also was named a Caldecott Honor Book: the Randolph Caldecott Medal is for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

 

William C. Morris Award

Given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Winner:

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Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner:

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Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov was also named a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, for most distinguished informational book for children and teens:

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

 

2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA)

These books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects. Click here to find the full list!

Top Ten list from the final selections:

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The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Vango by Timothee de Fombelle
The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim by  E.K. Johnston
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

Coretta Scott King Honor Book:  The Coretta Scott Kind Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

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How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

 

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The John Steptoe New Talent Award recognizes new talent and is determined by the Coretta Scott King Task Force:

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When I Was the Greatest written by Jason Reynolds

 

Schneider Family Book Award’s Teen Selection: for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

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Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

 

Stonewall Honor Books:  given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

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Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

2014 Teens' Top Ten Titles Announced!

YALSA announed the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles today!  Check out the video below to see the announcement.

Click on the title to find the any of the Teens’ Top Ten Titles in the Library:

1.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2.  Splintered by A.G. Howard
3.  The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
4.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5.  Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
6.  Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
7.  The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
8.  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
9.  Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
10.  The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (more…)

2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles Announced!

YALSA announed the 2014 Teens’ Top Ten Titles today!  Check out the video below to see the announcement.

Click on the title to find the any of the Teens’ Top Ten Titles in the Library:

1.  Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
2.  Splintered by A.G. Howard
3.  The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
4.  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
5.  Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne
6.  Earth Girl by Janet Edwards
7.  The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau
8.  Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
9.  Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
10.  The Eye of Minds by James Dashner (more…)